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Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics

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Student Assessment Booklets and Scoring Guides (test questions and examples of student answers)

New Booklet Layout for 2015 Assessments

The layout of student assessment booklets for 2015 has changed. Students will now record all of their responses—both multiple-choice and open-response—in a separate Answer Booklet. This change is necessary to support online scoring, which will start for all assessments in 2015 as part of the “EQAO Online” project to move the provincial assessment program online.

Examples of the new assessment booklet layout for 2014–2015 are available below.

Click the links below to access student assessment booklets containing actual questions from the assessments, and scoring guides containing examples of student answers taken from past years’ assessments.

2014–2015 (Example of New Layout) | 2013–2014 | 2012–2013 | 2011–2012 | 2010–2011 | 2009–2010

SDC Timelines

The “SDC Timelines” list the important dates for the Student Data Collection (SDC) system process. They indicate the critical tasks that school administrators must perform during each phase of data collection to ensure that test materials are properly ordered and student information is accurate.

SDC Timelines [PDF] | Posted 12.02.14

Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics Administration Guide, 2015

This guide has been developed to provide direction and information to principals and teachers administering the Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics in winter or spring 2015. Administering the assessment according to the guidelines in this document will ensure province-wide consistency before, during and after the administration.

Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics Administration Guide, 2015 [PDF] | Posted 11.20.14

Grade 9 test-related research bulletin

Counting the EQAO Grade 9 Mathematics Assessment Toward Course Marks Makes a Difference in Student Results [PDF] | Posted 12.16.11

Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics Guide for Accommodations and
Special Provisions, 2015

This guide provides information and directions to assist principals and teachers in making decisions about special provisions for English language learners and accommodations for students with special education needs writing the Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics.

Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics Guide for Accommodations and Special Provisions, 2015 [PDF] | Posted 11.20.14

Summary of Results and Strategies for Teachers, 2013–2014

The summary of results provides an overview of results at the provincial level as well as a comparison of results over time and strategies to assist teachers, parents and other education stakeholders in helping students develop and demonstrate their knowledge and skills in mathematics.

Summary of Results and Strategies for Teachers, 2013–2014 [PDF] | Posted 09.29.14

Sample Individual Student Report

This sample Individual Student Report shows how students receive their results for the province-wide Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics, 2013–2014.

Applied [PDF] | Posted 09.24.14

Academic [PDF] | Posted 09.24.14

Guide to EQAO Assessments in Secondary School

This guide describes the two EQAO tests Ontario students write in secondary school (available for download in 21 languages).

Formula Sheets

Mathematical formulas are provided on the Formula Sheets for student reference during the assessment. Formulas are given for perimeter, area and volume for various geometric figures; the academic formula sheet also includes surface area.

NEW: Braille and MP3 audio formats formula sheets

School Stories—Case Studies: Schools on the Journey of Learning

EQAO is privileged to have gathered a number of stories from local school communities that exemplify the many successful learning environments in publicly funded schools across the province.

Posted 09.24.2014

EQAO: Ontario’s Provincial Assessment Program—Its History and Influence

This report provides an overview of the work of the agency, its evolution over the last 16 years and its influence on public education in Ontario.

EQAO: Ontario's Provincial Assessment Program—Its History and Influence [PDF] | Posted 06.27.13

EQAO Policies and Procedures

This document outlines EQAO’s policies and procedures related to the Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics. These are reflected in the section “Administration Day: What happens if…?” in the Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics administration guide.

EQAO Policies and Procedures [PDF] | Posted 02.01.13

French Immersion Glossary

The French Immersion Glossary is to be used by French Immersion students who study mathematics in French.

French Immersion Glossary [PDF] | Posted 01.07.13

The Power of Ontario’s Provincial Testing Program

This document describes how EQAO’s provincial tests, which gather information from every student at key stages of their education, contribute to public accountability and to the continuous improvement on the part of every student in Ontario’s publicly funded education system.

The Power of Ontario’s Provincial Testing Program [PDF] | Posted 02.29.12

Key Words

Throughout the assessment, key words are used to identify the type of response required from students.

Key words [PDF] | Posted 12.09.11
Key words (Large-Print) [PDF] | Posted 12.09.11

EQAO’s Video Guide to Key Test Administration Procedures

This video highlights key responsibilities of Ontario educators concerning the proper administration of EQAO’s provincial tests. Full instructions are contained in the Administration and Accommodation Guides appropriate to each assessment.

Youtube | Vimeo

Running time: 00:04:47 | Posted 03.22.11

Professional Responsibilities for the Administration of the Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics

This document describes in full the responsibilities of all those involved at any stage before, during or after the administration of the Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics in schools. An abbreviated version appears in the Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics administration guide posted on this Web site.

Professional Responsibilities for the Administration of the Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics [PDF] | Posted 11.19.10

About Ontario’s Province-Wide Tests Video

This video describes how Ontario’s province-wide assessments are linked to The Ontario Curriculum and how the results are used to help improve learning for all students.

Youtube | Vimeo

Running time: 00:04:57 | Posted 09.15.10

Tracking Your Children’s Progress: The Power of Good Information for Parents

This video presentation is designed to encourage parents and guardians to track their children’s literacy progress and talk with their children’s teachers about how best to provide the support that’s needed.

Youtube | Vimeo

Running time: 00:03:10 | Posted 09.15.10

EQAO Technical Reports

These reports outline the technical features and professional expertise that were used to ensure the accuracy, validity and psychometric integrity of the EQAO assessments. A full report and an executive summary are prepared each year.

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EQAO Connects: a Web Magazine for Ontario Educators

EQAO Connects is a Web magazine that has been created specifically for Ontario educators and is published three times a year!

With EQAO Connects,

  • get practical tips and strategies from your peers;
  • learn about successful practices in other Ontario schools;
  • discover how to develop more effective classroom tests;
  • find out how to get the most out of EQAO data and
  • try your hand at scoring EQAO test questions.

EQAO Connects is also a great opportunity to connect with other educators across the province!

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This framework provides a detailed description of the EQAO Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics, which is conducted each year in Ontario. It also describes how the Grade 9 assessment aligns with the expectations in The Ontario Curriculum.

Framework [PDF] | Posted 04.03.09


EQAO assessments are scored using rubrics. The Grade 9 rubrics for mathematics give the criteria for scoring and describe the type of student response that receives each of the codes.

Mathematics: Open Response (Grades 3, 6 and 9 assessments)

Posted 05.10.05


Some of the specific expectations for Grade 9 mathematics require students to investigate mathematical concepts. These investigations, teacher’s daily scripts and other resources, developed by EQAO, are provided for classroom use.


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